CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

WHL’s U.S. Division sweeps weekly awards led by Glass and Hart

Winterhawks’ Cody Glass named CHL Player of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Vegas Golden Knights prospect Cody Glass of the Portland Winterhawks is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 26 after recording 12 points in four games including five goals and seven assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-7.

Glass produced four three-point performances last week for the Winterhawks who won all four games to open their Central Division road trip extending their winning-streak to 10 where they maintain second place in the WHL’s overall standings with a 19-4-0-0 record.  He was named second star of three straight games including Tuesday with three assists in a 5-2 victory over the Kootenay ICE, Wednesday with a goal and two assists in a 7-3 win over the Calgary Hitmen, and Friday with two goals and one assist in a 6-2 win against the Red Deer Rebels.  He finished his weekly efforts with another two-goal and one assist outing on Saturday in Edmonton where he earned first star recognition in the 3-0 triumph against the Oil Kings.

An 18-year-old from Winnipeg, MB, Glass is playing in his third season with the Winterhawks who chose him in the first round of the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.  He is currently sixth overall in WHL scoring with 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points in 23 games and is riding a 10-game point-streak that coincides with the club’s win-streak.  Glass was the first ever pick by the NHL’s Golden Knights at sixth overall and represented Team WHL at the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series this month recording a goal and an assist in two games.

Also considered for the award this week was 2018 NHL Draft prospect Serron Noel of the Oshawa Generals who scored four goals and four assists for eight points in three games, and defenceman Thomas Gregoire of the Sherbrooke Phoenix who scored three goals including two overtime winners plus three assists for six points in three games. 

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:

Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Cody Glass (Portland Winterhawks)

Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Cliff Pu (London Knights)

Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Aleksi Heponiemi (Swift Current Broncos)

Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Albert Michnac (Mississauga Steelheads)

Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Aaron Luchuk (Windsor Spitfires)

Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Drake Batherson (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Tyler Soy (Victoria Royals)

Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Kole Lind (Kelowna Rockets)

Silvertips’ Carter Hart named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Philadelphia Flyers prospect Carter Hart of the Everett Silvertips is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending November 26 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .971.

Hart turned aside 99 shots last week in a trio of victories for the Silvertips who raised their record above the .500 mark for the first time since September holding a mark of 13-12-1-1 to keep pace in the WHL’s competitive U.S Division.  His week began in record fashion stopping all 43 shots faced in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over the Tri-City Americans earning first star honours and establishing a new franchise mark with the 22nd shutout of his career surpassing Leland Irving (2004-08).  Hart would also produce a 34-save performance on Friday in a 4-1 win over the Spokane Chiefs, and a 22-save effort on Saturday as part of a 5-2 win against the Vancouver Giants.

A 19-year-old from Sherwood Park, AB, Hart is playing in his fourth season with the Silvertips who selected him in the eighth round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  He currently carries a record of 8-3-0-1 and is tied for the league-lead with three shutouts while holding the WHL’s best goals-against-average and save percentage with marks of 1.63 and .951 respectively.  The second round pick of the Flyers in the 2016 NHL Draft represented Team WHL in the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series and earned a shutout victory with 20 saves in the series opener.

Also considered for the award this week was Etienne Montpetit of the Val-d’Or Foreurs who posted a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with 76 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .962, and Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes who also posted a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory but made 59 saves for a goals-against-average of 0.96 and save percentage of .967.

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)

Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Anthony Morrone (Victoriaville Tigres)

Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting)

Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)

Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)

Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranada Huskies)

Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Logan Flodell (Swift Current Broncos)

Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Dereck Baribeau (Quebec Remparts)

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

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Generals’ Serron Noel named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 2018 NHL Draft prospect Serron Noel of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending November 26 after scoring four goals and four assists for eight points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5.

Serron Noel of the Oshawa Generals. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Serron Noel of the Oshawa Generals. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Noel recorded three-straight multi-point performances for the first time in his career last week as the Generals wrapped up a tough November schedule with two-straight victories to maintain seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings.  Noel’s week began on Friday night scoring two goals including one by penalty shot and adding one assist despite a 6-5 loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs.  On the winning side, Noel earned first star honours Saturday with a goal and two assists in a 7-3 road victory over the Barrie Colts, then wrapped up the three-in-three Sunday with a goal and an assist as second star of a 6-0 shutout against the Mississauga Steelheads.

A 17-year-old from Ottawa, Ont., Noel is playing in his second season with the Generals who chose him in the second round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.  The sophomore forward now has 14 goals and 22 points in 22 games this season surpassing his rookie total of 21 points produced in 63 games played in 2016-17.  Noel captured gold as a member of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at August’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial, and was one of eight OHL skaters assigned an ‘A’ rating by NHL Central Scouting in their November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2018 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of Noel and the Generals against the Bulldogs, Colts, and Steelheads.

Also considered for the award this week was fellow NHL Draft prospect Nathan Dunkley of the Kingston Frontenacs with two goals and six assists for eight points in three games, and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds with a goal and seven assists for eight points in three games.  In goal, Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes posted a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory making 59 saves for a goals-against-average of 0.96 and save percentage of .967.

2017-18 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week:

Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)

Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Cliff Pu (London Knights)

Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm)

Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Albert Michnac (Mississauga Steelheads)

Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Aaron Luchuk (Windsor Spitfires)

Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)

Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Brady Hinz (Sarnia Sting)

Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

WHL’s Clague and Kehler earn CHL top honour

Wheat Kings’ Kale Clague named CHL Player of the Wee

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Kale Clague of the Brandon Wheat Kings is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 8 after recording eight points in three games including five goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-9.

Clague recorded a trio of multi-point performances for the Wheat Kings who won all three games of their weekend Alberta road trip.  Starting off in Edmonton Friday night, the defenceman netted his first career hat-trick which featured an even strength, power play, and shorthanded marker, earning first star honours in the 7-3 win over the Oil Kings.  Clague was named first star again Saturday night in Red Deer with two goals and one assist in a 5-2 win over the Rebels, and finished the weekend with two assists as part of a 5-3 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday.

A 19-year-old from Lloydminster, Alta., Clague is playing his fourth season with the Wheat Kings who selected sixth overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  The second round pick of the Kings in the 2016 NHL Draft has produced at a rate of 2.40 points-per-game since returning from his NHL Camp collecting 12 points through five contests.  Clague was a member of Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and in just 48 games of WHL action last season tallied five goals and 35 assists.

Also considered for the award this week was Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack with three goals and four assists for seven points in two games, and Anthony Poulin of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada who recorded seven points in three games with four goals and three assists.

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:

Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Kole Lind (Kelowna Rockets)

Winterhawks’ Cole Kehler named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Cole Kehler of the Portland Winterhawks is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 8 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .945.

Kehler stopped 52 shots last week in a pair of victories over U.S Division rivals the Spokane Chiefs helping the Winterhawks take over first place with a 5-1-0-0 record.  On Friday night Kehler’s 30-save performance earned him first star honours in the 6-1 win at Spokane, then on Sunday he made 22 saves as part of a 7-2 win over the Chiefs on home ice for his fourth straight victory to open the 2017-18 season.

A native of Altona, Man., Kehler turns 20-years-old in December and is competing in his fourth and final WHL season.  He played his first two seasons with the Kamloops Blazers who selected him in the sixth round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft before joining the Winterhawks for the 2016-17 campaign where he posted a 32-17-0-3 record with two shutouts along with a goals-against of 3.10 and save percentage of .910.  So far this season he carries a 4-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.25 and save percentage of .907.

Also considered for the award this week was Samuel Harvey of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies who posted a 1-0-0-1 record with 49 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.44 and save percentage of .942, and Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes who made 84 saves with a 1-0-0-1 record along with a goals-against-average of 1.92 and save percentage of .955.

2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Dereck Baribeau (Quebec Remparts)

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

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Attack’s Nick Suzuki named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending October 8 with seven points in two games including three goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.

Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Suzuki recorded a pair of multi-point performances last week helping the Attack earn three of a possible four points.  On Wednesday night he scored two goals plus an assist and was named first star despite a 6-5 shootout loss to the Sarnia Sting, then scored once with three assists on Saturday as second star of a 9-2 win over the Windsor Spitfires.  Suzuki now has 10 points in five games as the Attack remain the league’s only team without a regulation loss carrying a record of 3-0-0-2 heading into a Thanksgiving Monday matchup against the Kitchener Rangers.

An 18-year-old from London, Ont., Suzuki is playing in his third OHL season with the Attack who chose him 14th overall in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  In 2016-17 he finished fifth in league scoring with 45 goals and 51 assists for 96 points in 65 games helping Owen Sound to their best season in franchise history with 49 wins and 102 points.  He was voted the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year and was later recognized at the national level earning CHL Sportsman of the Year honours.  Suzuki was selected 13th overall by Vegas in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of Suzuki and the Attack against the Sting and the Spitfires.

Also considered for the award this week was Calgary Flames prospect Adam Ruzicka of the Sarnia Sting with four goals and one assist for five points in two games, and 2018 NHL Draft top prospect Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts with five goals in three games.  In goal, Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes posted a 1-0-0-1 record with 84 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.92 and save percentage of .955.

2017-18 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week:

Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

Hockey Canada Announces Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp

Hockey Canada has releases the list of goaltenders invited to their Program of Excellence Goaltending Camp that will take place in Calgary Alberta June 9-11, 2017. It is the first evaluation camp for goaltenders who could take part at the Under-17, Under-18 and Under-20 competitions.

Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Michael DiPietro (Windsor – OHL) is the youngest goaltender participating at the Under-20 camp. He is joined by Evan Fitzpatrick (Sherbrooke – QMJHL), Carter Hart (Everett – WHL), Jacob McGrath (Sudbury – OHL), Ian Scott (Prince Albert – WHL), Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge – WHL) and Dylan Wells (Peterborough – OHL).

Participating at the Under-18 camp are: Alexis Gravel (Halifax – QMJHL), Jacob Ingham (Mississauga – OHL), Hunter Jones (Stouffville – OJHL), Jordan Kooy (London – OHL), Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton – QMJHL), Olivier Rodrigue (Drummondville – QMJHL) and Carl Stankowski (Seattle – WHL).

Invited to the Under-17 camp are: Roman Basran (Yale Hockey Academy – CSSHL), Boston Bilous (Fraser Valley – BCMML), Cole Brady (Ajax/Pickering – ONMMAAA), Luke Cavallin (Kemptville – HEOMAAA), Tommy Da Silva (Collège Charles-Lemoyne LHMAAAQ), Ryan Dugas (Mississauga Reps – ONMAAAA), Byron Fancy (Lethbridge AMHL), Taylor Gauthier (Calgary Buffaloes – AMHL), Mack Guzda (Detroit Honeybaked USU16), Fabio Iacobo (Laval-Montreal – LHMAAAQ), Ethan Langevin (Whitby – ONMMAAA),  Jonathan Lemieux (Collège Antoine-Girouard – LHMAAAQ), Nolan Maier (Yorkton – SMAAAHL), Trent Miner (Brandon – MMAAAHL), Zach Roy (Toronto Young Nationals (ONMMAAA) and Christian Sbaraglia (Vaughan – ONMMAAA).

Petes’ Dylan Wells named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending April 16 after posting a 2-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .957.

Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Wells made 66 saves in a pair of road victories last week backstopping the Petes to a berth in the OHL’s Eastern Conference Championship Series following a four-game series win over the Kingston Frontenacs.  He made 33 saves in both contests including last Tuesday in Game 3 where he earned first star honours in a 3-1 victory, and Thursday’s Game 4 where the Petes clinched the series with a 6-2 victory for their eight-straight win this post-season.  In that contest, Wells etched his name in team records becoming the first Petes goaltender and just the ninth OHL netminder all-time to score a goal after firing a shot from behind his own goal-line across the ice and into the empty cage.  The Petes will now face the Mississauga Steelheads in round three action beginning Thursday.

A 19-year-old from St. Catharines, Ont., Wells is playing in his third OHL season with the Petes after being chosen by the club in the second round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  This season he carried a 33-15-2-2 record for the East Division champs with a goals-against-average of 3.07 and save percentage of .916.  The fifth round pick of the Oilers in the 2016 NHL Draft has an eight-game winning-streak to open the post-season where both his GAA and SV% have improved to marks of 1.94 and .944 respectively.

Also considered for the award this week was Julio Billia of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens who made 71 saves in three games of the QMJHL Quarter-Finals against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies posting a 2-1 record with a goals-against-average of 1.34 and save percentage of .947.  In the WHL, Tyler Brown of the Regina Pats made 159 saves in four games of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Swift Current Broncos posting a 2-2 record with a goals-against-average of 2.48 and save percentage of .930.

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Playoff Goaltenders of the Week:

Apr. 10 – Apr. 16: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Kyle Jessiman (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Regular Season Goaltenders of the Week:
Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Callum Booth (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brodan Salmond (Kelowna Rockets)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Matthew Welsh (Charlottetown Islanders)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Francis Leclerc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Griffen Outhouse (Victoria Royals)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Reilly Pickard (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic (Vancouver Giants)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Liam Herbst (Guelph Storm)

Steelheads’ Michael McLeod named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that New Jersey Devils prospect Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 26 after recording 11 points in three games scoring five goals and six assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-8.

McLeod produced three multi-point performances last week helping the Steelheads win three straight games to become the first Central Division club to clinch a playoff berth with a 27-19-6-7 record.  The highlight of his week came Friday night scoring his second hat-trick of the season while adding three assists as first star of a 10-1 win over the Eastern Conference’s first place Peterborough Petes.  The six points were not only a career-high for McLeod, but also set a Steelheads single game record since the club’s inception in 2012-13.  McLeod’s week also included a pair of assists on Family Day in a 5-3 matinee victory over the Owen Sound Attack, and capped off by notching two goals and an assist on Saturday as second star of a 6-2 win against the Sudbury Wolves.  McLeod is the second Steelhead to earn the weekly honour in three weeks following teammate Spencer Watson.

Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

A 19-year-old from Mississauga, ON, McLeod was originally chosen by his hometown Steelheads fifth overall in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection after earning OHL Cup MVP honours for the minor midget champion Toronto Marlboros.  Through 48 games this season, the third year forward has collected the exact same offensive totals attained in 57 games played a year ago including 21 goals and 40 assists for 61 points.  The Steelheads captain and member of Canada’s National Junior Team was chosen by the Devils in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of McLeod and the Steelheads against the Attack, Petes, and Wolves.

Also considered for the award this week was Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome of the Erie Otters who scored three goals and eight assists for 11 points in four games, and 2017 NHL Draft prospect Jason Robertson of the Kingston Frontenacs with four goals and five assists for nine points in four games.  In goal, Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes posted a 3-0-0-0 record making 97 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .951.

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:

Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Joseph Murdaca (Erie Otters)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Spencer Watson (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Max Jones (London Knights)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Matt Luff (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Petes’ Dylan Wells named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the first half week ending December 18 posting a 3-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.95 and save percentage of .945.

Wells turned aside 103 shots in three games last week helping the Petes extend their winning-streak to eight-straight heading into the league’s holiday break.  On Thursday night he made 30 saves before a national audience on Sportsnet earning second star honours in a 3-1 victory over the London Knights.  He followed that performance with a 40-save effort Friday to earn first star of a 4-3 overtime win against the Kingston Frontenacs, then closed out the first half Sunday with 33 saves to earn second star recognition in a 5-2 win over the North Bay Battalion.

Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

An 18-year-old from St. Catharines, ON, Wells is playing in his third career season with the Petes who chose him in the second round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  Wells ranks second in the OHL with 903 saves while carrying a record of 16-8-1-2 with a goals-against-average of 2.97 and the league’s fifth best save percentage at .920.  He was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Samuel Harvey of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies who made 50 saves in two games posting a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .960, while Ty Edmonds of the Prince George Cougars made 68 saves posting a 3-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .932.

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Reilly Pickard (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic (Vancouver Giants)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Liam Herbst (Guelph Storm)

CHL’s Top Prospects Excel in Sport Testing Combine

Vancouver, BC – 40 of the CHL’s best young stars were put to the test on Wednesday at Pacific Coliseum one day before Team Cherry and Team Orr face-off at the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

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Players seized the opportunity to showcase their individual strengths with Sport Testing once again putting the league’s Top Prospects eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft through a series of tests to gauge fitness and skill levels for NHL management and scouts.

Finishing atop the overall standings in the on-ice portion of the tests were a pair of Sarnia Sting players on Team Cherry led by forward Jordan Kyrou.  The Toronto native, listed 45th in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Ranking of North American Skaters, finished first ahead of teammate Jakob Chychrun, the top ranked defenceman listed second by Central Scouting.  Skating in at third overall in on-ice testing was fellow defenceman Jake Bean of the Calgary Hitmen and Team Orr (ranked 13th by NHL Central Scouting), with forward Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters and Team Cherry (ranked 20th) and Libor Hajek of the Saskatoon Blades and Team Orr (ranked 26th) tying for fourth place in the skating drills.

On-ice tests included forward and backwards sprints, reaction, weave agility, and transition agility each performed with and without the puck.

In specialized Sport Testing for goalies, Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes competing as a member of Team Orr, claimed top honours in an array of reaction, agility, and movement challenges.

Off-ice testing conducted earlier in the day also demonstrated the athleticism required to be a top prospect.  Strength testing, agility runs, sprints and leg power evaluations were conducted under the discerning eyes of NHL scouts and agents.

Jakob Chychrun led the way with the top overall score in the off-ice component, followed by Team Orr forward Pierre-Luc Dubois of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles ranked 7th by NHL Central Scouting.  Dylan Wells once again led all goaltenders and finished third overall in off-ice elements, with Team Cherry’s Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads (ranked 6th) powering his way into fourth spot overall, with Jordan Kyrou rounding out the top-five.  Some notable single event off-ice performances included Noah Gregor of the Moose Jaw Warriors and Luke Green of the Saint John Sea Dogs who dueled in the vertical jump, a key determinant of leg power used across sport.  Ultimately Gregor won by 1.5 inches, with a top score of 32 inches.   Wells  left the competition behind with an outstanding broad jump score of 9’10.5″.

Sport Testing scores provide valuable performance benchmarks to coaches and players at all levels of hockey with data collected at the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game shared with NHL Central Scouting and distributed to all 30 NHL teams.

For more information please visit www.sporttesting.com.

The 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner BMO Bank of Montreal, and CHL associate sponsors Cooper Tire, autoTRADER.ca and Sherwin-Williams.  Thursday’s game will be broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet, TVA Sports, and in the United States on NHL Network.

For more information about the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game please visit www.bmotopprospects.ca or follow the conversation @CHLHockey using #BMOTP.

BMO and the Canadian Hockey League:
BMO Financial Group and the Canadian Hockey League announced BMO as the Official Bank of the Canadian Hockey League in 2011. The sponsorship builds on BMO’s partnership with the CHL of more than 10 years and affirms BMO’s exclusivity as a financial services sponsor of the league in the retail banking category. It also engrains a presence with the 48 teams which currently participate in the BMO CHL Affinity MasterCard program, which enables CHL fans to support their favourite teams through a co-branded credit card.

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2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters Announced

40 top NHL Draft eligible CHL players will compete January 28, 2016, in Vancouver, BC
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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the host Vancouver Giants Hockey Club, and title partner BMO Financial Group, today announced the 40 players that will compete in the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver, BC, on Thursday January 28, 2016.

The 40 CHL players competing in the game were chosen by all 30 NHL clubs and divided into teams by NHL Central Scouting.  This season’s event marks the 21st annual showcase of the CHL’s top-40 NHL Draft eligible players featuring talent from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League competing before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance.

“The BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is one of the highlights of the hockey season,” said CHL President David Branch. “Since 1996 the CHL’s top prospects have showcased their skills in this event providing NHL scouts, General Managers, and fans the opportunity to catch the next wave of NHL talent which in recent years has featured first overall picks Connor McDavid, Aaron Ekblad, Nathan MacKinnon, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. We look forward to January 28 with coaches Don Cherry and Bobby Orr, and 40 of the top CHL players eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft competing before the passionate hockey fans in Vancouver and to CHL fans across Canada watching live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.”

The Giants’ Tyler Benson and Port Moody, BC, native Lucas Johansen of the Kelowna Rockets are among the 20 players to suit up for Team Cherry along with Canadian National Junior Team member Julien Gauthier of the Val-d’Or Foreurs, and OHL top goal scorer Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters who won World Junior bronze with the United States.  Team Orr features World Junior gold medalist Olli Juolevi of the London Knights, fellow Knight and World Junior bronze medalist Matthew Tkachuk, Canadian National Junior Team Selection Camp invite Pierre-Luc Dubois of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, and Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads who led Sweden in World Junior scoring.

“We are thrilled for the up-and-coming talent chosen for this year’s BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game,” said Michael Bonner, Senior Vice President, BC and Yukon Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. “As the Official Bank of the CHL, we’re proud to sponsor an event that allows Canadians to watch some of the top young athletes across the country, and we’re excited to bring them to Vancouver later this month.”

25 of the CHL’s 60 member clubs are represented on the rosters.  The 40 competing players include 20 from the OHL, 12 from the WHL, and eight from the QMJHL.  13 CHL Players who competed in the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in St. Catharines, ON, were selected in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft.  In 20 years, 278 CHL players from this event have been chosen by NHL clubs in the first round of the NHL Draft representing 47% of all players selected.

“The BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game provides a unique opportunity for NHL scouts and General Managers to evaluate top CHL talent for the 2016 NHL Draft in a best-on-best competition,” said NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr. “The game is also a unique opportunity for the players to take advantage of the spotlight in what is consistently an exciting and highly competitive showcase.”

Since the event was first introduced in 1996 the game has featured 13 players selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft including Connor McDavid, Aaron Ekblad, Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kane, Marc-Andre Fleury, Rick Nash, Vincent Lecavalier, Joe Thornton, and Chris Phillips.

2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters:

Team Cherry:

Goaltenders:

Evan Fitzpatrick (Sherbrooke Phoenix)

Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Defencemen:

Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia Sting)

Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Sean Day (Mississauga Steelheads)

Samuel Girard (Shawinigan Cataractes)

Lucas Johansen (Kelowna Rockets)

Markus Niemelainen (Saginaw Spirit)

 Forwards:

Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)

Tyler Benson (Vancouver Giants)

Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)

Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)

Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets)

Julien Gauthier (Val-d’Or Foreurs)

Tim Gettinger (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Noah Gregor (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Max Jones (London Knights)

Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)

Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)

Sam Steel (Regina Pats)


Team Orr:

Goaltenders:

Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)

Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)

Defencemen:

Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen)

Luke Green (Saint John Sea Dogs)

Libor Hajek (Saskatoon Blades)

Olli Juolevi (London Knights)

Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires)

Logan Stanley (Windsor Spitfires)

Forwards:

Nathan Bastian (Mississauga Steelheads)

Will Bitten (Flint Firebirds)

Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Jack Kopacka (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Pascal Laberge (Victoriaville Tigres)

Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads)

Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters)

Otto Somppi (Halifax Mooseheads)

Simon Stransky (Prince Albert Raiders)

Matthew Tkachuk (London Knights)


The 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner BMO Bank of Montreal, and CHL associate sponsors Cooper Tire, autoTRADER.ca and Sherwin-Williams.  The game will be broadcast live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

For more information please visit www.bmotopprospects.ca.

BMO and the Canadian Hockey League:
BMO Financial Group and the Canadian Hockey League announced BMO as the Official Bank of the Canadian Hockey League in 2011. The sponsorship builds on BMO’s partnership with the CHL of more than 10 years and affirms BMO’s exclusivity as a financial services sponsor of the league in the retail banking category. It also engrains a presence with the 48 teams which currently participate in the BMO CHL Affinity MasterCard program, which enables CHL fans to support their favourite teams through a co-branded credit card.

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